London Railway Arches

London Railway Arches, Research

Research project in cooperation with Xin Zheng
October 2017 – January 2018

People walking from one part of the city to another through London’s railway arches leave traces on their paths. These traces can be observed in objects, posters or graffiti imprinted onto the robust fabric. What happens if a shop moves out and the space left underneath the arch is kept vacant? What if a light bulb was forgotten by the former shop owner, or a wooden shelf? While plaster crumbles and falls to the ground, advertisement posters are hung up against crude brick walls. A beverage dispenser might be added, or a graffiti showing an iconic figure is sprayed onto the newly painted wall by youngsters from the neighbourhood. Within this movement, the passageways underneath the railway act as bottlenecks, infrastructural junctions where city life steadily leaves its traces.

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La Cañada Real

Architecture, La Cañada Real, Research

Final design and research project (MArch), in cooperation with Madrid’s environment department Consegerìa de medio ambiente

Once a thriving transhumance the Cañada Real Galiana in the outskirts of Madrid has transformed its appearance. The cattle drive of about 70 metres width has increasingly been built on from both sides towards the middle of the path since the sixties of the last century and is one of today ́s biggest illegal European settlements. The research, analysis and design project highlights this interesting settlement with uncontrolled growth and thus underlines an urban development scarcely known in today’s Europe. Three architectural and urban designs emphasise developmental possibilities of the 13 kilometres long informal settlement that undoubtedly will soon be assimilated by Spain’s capital city.

„It is paradoxical that current terminology uses “informal” to refer to a condition that both is more prevalent now and was more common in the past; in comparison, the formal system seems relatively rudimentary.“

 

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Bamboo Constructions at the Ecuadorian Coast

Bamboo Constructions, Research

Field research and building survey in Ecuador and Colombia
in cooperation with Andrea Hilmbauer, Helena Schrattenecker, Jessica Tschurnig
March – May 2013

Ecuador, one of the smallest but emerging countries in Latin America, has a profound culture of bamboo construction that has developed over the last 5.000 years. This culture is suffering from economic forces and social changes. Bamboo building methods are considered old-fashioned and are not widely accepted in Ecuador. They are currently used by economically disadvantaged members of the society. There are only a few publically accessible publications and books about the characteristics of Ecuadorian bamboo construction, even though some individual builders and architects, such as Jorgé Morán and Marcelo Villegas, have dedicated their lives to widening and optimising bamboo construction locally. Therefore the aim of this three-month bamboo research was to record and survey the Ecuadorian and Colombian bamboo habitat.

 

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